In this newsletter:
An exciting announcement: A new initiative to build the Zioness community - please invite your friends and loved ones to join you for the inaugural Zioness Book Club with Yossi Klein Halevi's NYT bestseller, "Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor"
Upcoming and past events, including an conversation tonight between Executive Director Amanda Berman, J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami, recent University of Pennsylvania graduate and recent graduate and former head of PIPAC (AIPAC on-campus presence) Sophia Kruger and Haverford College student and J Street National Student Board member Matan Arad-Neeman about what American college students want and need in their activism
Insightful article from Zioness Vice President Carly Pildis on doubling down in our fight against Islamophobia
Passover wishes from Zioness and a highly recommended Haggadah created by JewBelong
Heads up! Zioness is officially a 501(c)3 meaning Zionesses everywhere can now support our movement through tax-deductible donations or by wearing your Zioness pride!
With love and solidarity,
Announcing: The Zioness Book Club
We are thrilled to officially launch the Zioness Book Club (ZBC). This virtual book club is an opportunity for Zionesses to read a recommended book, come together with your local chapter to discuss, learn, engage and send questions to us, and then join us for a live conversation on Facebook with the featured author.
Zioness is excited to announce that our first ZBC discussion will take place live on our Facebook with award winning author and extraordinary Zioness Yossi Klein Halevi at 8pm ET on Sunday, May 12th.
Our first pick is the New York Times bestseller, "Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor" by Yossi Klein Halevi. This compelling read is an absolute must-read for anyone looking for language and context rooted in history, humanity, the urgent necessity of Jewish self-determination (Zionism), the devastating reality of Palestinian suffering, and the fervent hope for peace.
Amanda Berman at The National Museum of American Jewish History
Wednesday, Apr. 17, 6 p.m. ET
Executive Director Amanda Beman will join a panel moderated by journalist Laura Adkins to discuss the present and future of US foreign policy in the Middle East (including Israel and Iran), what matters to young American Jews, and what’s at stake on all sides.
Philly Zionesses: If you are able to attend, register HERE.
If you are unable to attend, find the livestream HERE.
RECAP: Amanda Berman in South Florida
Last week, Executive Director Amanda Berman participated in important conversations with allies and partners from A Wider Bridge, Brandeis University and JIMENA about contemporary antisemitism before more than 800 concerned South Florida community members.
RECAP: Zioness Inaugural Board Retreat
Last month, Zioness board members got together for our first board retreat to discuss our vision for the future of Zioness. We are excited to continue our meaningful work empowering Zionesses across the country to stand proudly as their authentic selves as progressives and Zionists.
We want to give a HUGE congratulations to our newly elected President Erin Schrode and Vice President Carly Pildis! We are so lucky to have you both at the forefront of our movement to unite the voices of progressive and Zionists.
Why We Need to Do More to Fight Islamophobia
by Carly Pildis,
Zioness Board Vice President and Tablet Contributing Editor
“Islamophobia is bad for Judaism and our community. If you care about Jewish continuity you should fight for inclusivity. We should never let the specter of anti-Semitism change who we are. Even in our hardest moments, even when we face hate, we cannot allow hate to change us. That is an existential threat, not just to our safety, but to who we are and the culture we fight to preserve.”
Read the full piece here
Congratulations to our powerhouse board president, Erin Schrode, for being chosen as the New York University Distinguished Young Alumni of 2019. We are all so inspired by your courage, your activism and your commitment to fighting for everything you believe in — including your feminist and Zionist ideals.
Chag Pesach Sameach from Zioness
We want to wish a Chag Pesach Sameach to Zionesses everywhere. May you and your loved ones have fun and meaningful seders celebrating Jewish existence and reminding ourselves how much work we still have to do to protect and secure Jewish liberation. If you are still looking for a Haggadah, we highly recommend this fabulous edition by JewBelong! And remember, also, that Passover teaches us about allyship and the commitment to justice and freedom by those outside our own faith--so thank and embrace your non-Jewish allies this Pesach and always!